Smithsonian’s Pollination Investigation exhibit now open at LongHouse

Woman and two young kids read exhibit poster at LongHouse

Did you hear the buzzzz?

Pollination Investigation, a poster exhibition exploring the unique relationship between pollinators and flowers, is available to view at LongHouse Visitor Center, 9209 W. 179th St., now through this fall! 

The captivating posters educate and inspire people to explore the natural world by looking at flowers and insects.

Nearly 90 percent of flowering plants rely on approximately 200,000 species of animal pollinators for fertilization. Pollination Investigation showcases how vital pollinators are to a strong ecosystem as most plants need their help to fertilize flowers and reproduce. 

The bilingual exhibition features seven “pollinator profiles” for bees, beetles, butterflies, hummingbirds, flies, moths, and wind (along with special references to bats and water). Using a field journal theme, each profile describes the pollinators’ favorite flowers based on floral characteristics, encouraging exploration into flower shape, color, scent, and more.

This exhibit comes to the Arboretum in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Smithsonian Gardens.

After learning about the magic of pollination, head into the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens take in the beauty of the gardens and spot pollinators in action!

LongHouse is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens 913-685-3604